Republicans Slowly Chipping Away at Entitlements

Saying it is “unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction,” Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed legislation requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening.

“It’s the right thing for taxpayers,” Scott said after signing the measure. “It’s the right thing for citizens of this state that need public assistance. We don’t want to waste tax dollars. And also, we want to give people an incentive to not use drugs.”

Under the law, which takes effect on July 1, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services will be required to conduct the drug tests on adults applying to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The aid recipients would be responsible for the cost of the screening, which they would recoup in their assistance if they qualify. Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children.

Obviously, liberal Democrats get their votes by promising groups big goody bags like this, so they’re against any moves that impede the redistribution of wealth, but how do you think they’ll actually formulate an argument on why exactly it is a bad idea to make sure someone isn’t a drug user before handing them money that was forcibly taken from the populous? Answer: They won’t.

Shortly after the bill was signed, five Democrats from the state’s congressional delegation issued a joint statement attacking the legislation, one calling it “downright unconstitutional.”

“Governor Scott’s new drug testing law is not only an affront to families in need and detrimental to our nation’s ongoing economic recovery, it is downright unconstitutional,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings. “If Governor Scott wants to drug test recipients of TANF benefits, where does he draw the line? Are families receiving Medicaid, state emergency relief, or educational grants and loans next?”

Since they’re not next, why not try focusing on the issue at hand? Because they can’t, obviously.

Meanwhile in New Mexico, another Republican Governor run state: The AP reports that the Human Services Department will stop the supplement on July 1 because there is no money in the state budget for the program. The program cost half a million dollars last fiscal year.

On the federal level, Congress is considering spending $2 billion less on food stamps than President Barack Obama says in his version of the budget.

Liberals are fond of the “if you don’t like it, don’t participate in it” argument only when it comes to abortion. Killing human life is no ones business besides the people doing the killing, but taking your money to process through a bureaucracy and distribute to others is something you have no choice in. Just like with gun rights, school vouchers, energy (drilling/nuclear power), and a host of other political issues, liberals are anti-choice in how much of your money goes to other people.


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